Something was wrong with me, starting somewhere in middle school. I didn’t fit in, didn’t understand what my peers were getting into and talking about. As I approached 30 years old, I started to cry for no particular reason and sought the help of a counselor. We worked hard together, and I got better.
Never a straight line, healing took me to the darkest places and highest heights, and I eventually found my center. Along the way, books propelled me into new levels of understanding and hope, sometimes showing up literally in front of my face–and not only self-help books. Some of the novels I received as gifts or picked off the library shelf to read on the beach were life-changing. Once I read–I don’t know why–about how the admirable Smith and Hawken Company got its start and became successful and was good to its employees. (Growing A Business by Paul Hawken. See below for link.)
I wonder if anyone will relate to this book-lined journey, or at least find it interesting and inspiring. I really hope so.
“There are three kinds of men.
The one that learns by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
Attributed to Will Rogers